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Is Lyndon LaRouche's view of history as a struggle between Platonists and Aristotelianism correct?

  • Truth Versus Facts

    Platonists rely on absolute truths whereas Aristotelians go by hard facts. Of course that typifies the struggle of history and today. The fact is that climate change is happening. The fact is that the wage gap between rich and poor is widening. Yet conservatives believe the absolute truth that government has no place in these dealings. Platonists are the GOP while the other side are Democrats. Lyndon LaRouche pretty much nailed it as a struggle between religious diehards and hard science.

  • Lyndon LaRouche's View

    I personally think that Lyndon LaRouche's view of history as a struggle between Platonists and Aristotelianism, because people function on a much simpler lever than Plato's theories and Aristotle's theories. Plato's theories regarding concrete objects in space, and Aristotelianism, the eternal universe, are beyond what most people think about when they are trying to survive.

  • People are much simpler than that.

    No, Lyndon LaRouche's view of history as a struggle between Platonists and Aristotelianism, because people function on a much simpler lever than Plato's theories and Aristotle's theories. Plato's theories regarding concrete objects in space, and Aristotelianism, the eternal universe, are beyond what most people think about when they are trying to survive.

  • Far too simple

    This is the kind of argument that comes about when people highly specialize in only one discipline over the course of their lives and can only see things in that regard. Viewing the entire world as an argument between two Greek philosophers who have not had the chance to weigh in on the issues is too myopic.

  • LaRouche's views betray an unfamiliarity with the source material

    Lyndon LaRouche's view of Platonists as those who hold to absolutes in the realm of truth and idea, and Aristotelians as relativists who hold only to empirical observation, marks him as one unfamiliar with the actual teachings of Aristotle, and the derivative works from those who would consider him a teacher. The works of men such as Albertus Magnus and his student Thomas Aquinas demonstrate that there need be no rift between the realm of absolute belief, such as is found in Catholic theology, and the logic of Aristotle.


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